Welcome to the Week 12 “My Fantasy” breakdown of the Giants-Saints game.
Here’s the link to this week’s answers to the fantasy Q&A.
As always, we label our Start, Monitor and Sit categories after songs and since the Giants are in New Orleans, we are going with some of New Orleans’ finest in rap. This week’s Start is after Master P., Monitor after Silkk the Shocker and Sit is after Mystikal.
If you have a musical request for next week, send it to @NotoriousOHM.
*The number next to certain players is the amount of times that player has been targeted this season.
“MAKE ‘EM SAY UHH!” (Start)
QB Eli Manning –- If the Giants are going to have any chance in this game, Manning will have to air it out. In the five games Manning has thrown the ball 39 or more times this season, the Giants quarterback passed for two touchdowns or more in each of those games. The Saints have allowed at least one passing touchdown in every game this season but one which came against the Colts. Manning will be working behind a different offensive line this week with David Diehl at left tackle and Kevin Boothe at left guard. But we still consider Manning a top-10 QB option this week.
WR Hakeem Nicks (72) –- Nicks has been relatively quiet in the last two games with a total of five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. But in a game where the Giants will likely be passing quite a bit, you can’t bench a talented WR1 like Nicks. Start Nicks and hope New Orleans does not double Nicks.
WR Victor Cruz (74) –- In his last four games, Cruz has been targeted 41 times by Manning. He is playing like a WR1 and has six or more catches in each of those games and has been Manning’s favorite receiver for a month now so keep him in your lineup. Cruz is now a must-start.
TE Jake Ballard (42) –- Ballard was targeted seven times last week but had at least three drops and was only able to come up with one reception against the Eagles. Manning definitely looks for his tight end, though, and the Saints have allowed 14 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns to tight ends in the last two games against Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Ballard could have a decent bounce-back game so consider him a top-15 tight end option against the Saints.
RB Brandon Jacobs (19) –- The Giants running game has been downright abysmal as Jacobs had just 21 yards rushing last week on 12 carries. It could be another game of 12 or less carries for Jacobs since the Giants may have to pass quite a bit. Still, we put Jacobs here for those who are in touchdown heavy leagues or need a starting running back who should see about 10 touches or so. The Saints have allowed 122 rushing yards or more to opposing running backs in five of their last six games. Jacobs may not get a ton of yards but hope for a touchdown. Consider him a flex option only for those in very deep leagues or touchdown-heavy leagues.
Saints: QB Drew Brees, TE Jimmy Graham, RB Darren Sproles, WR Marques Colston, WR Lance Moore (in PPR leagues), RB Mark Ingram and RB Pierre Thomas (for those in deeper leagues in need of a flex option).
“IT AIN’T MY FAULT” (Monitor)
WR Mario Manningham (64) –- Manningham’s knee acted up this week and kept him out of practice. The wide receiver says he is playing on Monday night but he is listed as questionable. Keep an eye on him and check ESPNNewYork.com on Sunday to see if he made the trip to New Orleans. Even if he does, he could be a game-time decision and you may not want to risk waiting until Monday night. Manningham was only targeted twice last week and had just one catch against the Eagles. But if he is active and plays, Manningham should see more targets than that against the Saints. If Manningham is active, consider him as a flex but you may want to go for a safer option.
RB D.J. Ware (14) –- Ware got demolished on a hit and suffered a concussion last Sunday night yet will play this week. In a game in which the Giants likely will have to pass quite a bit, Ware could see some passes out of the backfield, especially if the Giants have to play catch-up. But at this point in the season, fantasy owners should probably go with an option that is guaranteed to get more touches.
WR Ramses Barden (6)–- Barden only is an option to start if one of Manning’s top three receivers is out. If Manningham is inactive, desperate Manningham owners could go with Barden. But we’d prefer other safer options on Sunday.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (29) –- Bradshaw is out again with a fracture in his right foot.
Giants defense –- Perry Fewell’s defense certainly could come up with another New England-type of performance in which they held Tom Brady in check for three quarters and played well. But Drew Brees is going to get his eventually and there are too many weapons on the field for the Giants to account for. If you have to play Giants defense, hope for sacks and turnovers.
TE Travis Beckum (3) –- Unfortunately, Beckum didn’t receive a target again.
RB Da’Rel Scott (2)–- The Giants have been sprinkling in the rookie a bit more and more every week but until he gets more than the three touches he got last week, you can’t start him, especially with Ware healthy.